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The starting third baseman for the West Division at the league’s all-star game, owner of a franchise-record 15-game hitting streak and Frontier League hits leader in 2012 with 121, Frank Pfister re-signed with the Boomers on January 8, 2013.
Pfister, 26, led the Frontier League in hits with 121 and finished with a .306 average, 21 doubles and 13 home runs and was the unquestioned leader of the Boomers in the clubhouse. The infielder appeared in every one of the Boomers 96 games in 2012, playing primarily third base but also seeing time in 11 games at shortstop. Pfister finished second only to McQuail with 13 home runs and second only to outfielder Chad Mozingo in doubles with 21.
Pfister came to the Boomers after spending four seasons in the Reds organization, totaling over 300 games played. The Reds chose Pfister in the 17th Round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Los Angeles native played every position in the infield and also logged time in the outfield during his tenure with the Reds, reaching as high as Triple-A Louisville in 2011.
The right-handed hitter debuted in the Gulf Coast League in 2008 before ascending to the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League to open 2009. Pfister moved up to Class-A Dayton in the Midwest League before the end of 2009 and spent all of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 with the Dragons. Pfister appeared in 120 games with Dayton in 2010, posting career highs in every offensive category including hits (117), doubles (26), runs (41), and RBIs (50) while primarily playing third base. Pfister moved up to Triple-A Louisville in April of 2011, appearing in three contests.
The Reds selected Pfister out of Emory University in Georgia, an NCAA Division III institution, where he posted one of the best careers in school history. Pfister finished ranked third all-time in hits and RBIs, while posting the seventh best batting average. Starting 150 games over a four-year career, Pfister struck out only seven times as a senior for the Eagles in 2008 and was named as the MVP of the University Athletic Association.
Pfister established a school record for hits in 2007, racking up 87, one of the top single season marks in NCAA Division III history. Along the way, Pfister posted two impressive hitting streaks of 25 and 18. The 25-game streak was the second longest of the year in the nation. The three-time First Team All-Conference choice earned MVP of the South Region Tournament and was also named to the National Championship All-Tournament team.